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New Items for Semester 2014A
New Phase 1 Tool (PIT)
There have been significant changes to the 2014A templates used to create the pdf attachment which includes the science and technical cases. More space has been made available for proposal description by adding an 'Experimental Design' section. PIs are also requested to include or attach representative ITC output to the submitted pdf. The instructions for each section have also been revised and should be read carefully.
As in recent semesters, a single proposal, with the same science goal, can request any combination of the instruments available at either telescope. The PI and TAC are not able to specify the time required at each telescope however, and so PIs are requested to make this clear in their Technical Case, and it would be helpful at the ITAC in the NTACs specify the time recommend at each telescope using the NTAC comments area in the PIT.
As part of the Band 3 Information section, applicable PIs have been asked to give the Band 3 request for each partner and/or telescope, if the Band 3 allocation request is different from their standard request.
5 to 10 classical nights are available on Subaru in semester 2014A. Instrument availability is summarised in the Gemini 2014A Call, as well as the Subaru 14A Call. In 14A, PIs in the Gemini community who intend to use the Subaru telescope are encouraged to apply through the time-exchange program and not through the open use Subaru Call. Similarly, Subaru request that Japanese PIs with direct access to Gemini not request time on Gemini via the Subaru exchange program.
No Keck exchange time is offered in 2014A.
Target accessibility limits for 2014A are, for Gemini North 4 < RA < 1 and -37 < dec < +90, and for Gemini South 5 < RA < 2 and -90 < dec < +28. There are additional constraints if a program requires unrestricted access (e.g. MOS pre-imaging, long observations or observations with strict constraints), or the laser AO system at Gemini North or South. GMOS-South may not be available between March and April for a CCD upgrade, and thus the amount of time at RA 7h to 11h will be limited and investigators should indicate if alternatives are available. Similalrly GNIRS may not be available in July for a lens replacement and investigators with targets at RA 21h to 01h should have backup targets available.
In the North,
- GNIRS is available through the semester, though the instrument may be removed in July for a lens replacement. Investigators with targets at RA 21 to 01 hours should therefore have backup targets available. All modes are available except for Y band imaging, and observations using the short red camera.
- The R600 grating is not offered for GMOS-North queue programs and is only available for classically-scheduled programs.
In the South,
- FLAMINGOS-2 will be available in imaging and long-slit modes only. Due to the likely unavailability of GMOS-South in March and April 2014, targets with RAs 7h to 11h are particularly encouraged. See the latest information on delivered image quality on the instrument's Status and Availability page.
- There are no advertised limits to the number of available hours with GSAOI + GeMS, however there are operational limits to the total amount that can be accepted. Observations in IQ85 are possible and are encouraged for programs that can use images with FWHM ~0.2 arcseconds as opposed to the ≤0.1 arcseconds delivered in IQ70 or IQ20. Investigators must check the availability of Guide Star constellations using the Observing Tool before submitting a proposal.
- GMOS-South may be unavailable between March and April while the CCDs are replaced; applicants with targets at RA 7h to 11h are advised to have backup targets available. Investigators should assume the performance of the current EEV detectors when planning their observations. The R600 grating is not offered for queue observations and is only available for classical programs.